By granitecityrollerderby, Dec 9 2016 04:10PM

Recently two of our newest Fight Hawks had their first bout. And second. And third and fourth all in one day! They went down to Edinburgh with the Hawks to take part in a mini tournament and it really was a full on first day! Here’s what Arabian Frights and Jamming Dodger had to say about their first bouts.

I was super nervous on the lead up to bout day. I barely slept the week leading to it as I was running all the drills we had practiced over and over in my head! The Hawks were taking part in a mini tournament. It wasn't going to just be my first game but my second, third and fourth all in the same day!

In the changing rooms we all started to kit up and had an off skates warm up dancing to music on Sam's phone. That kinda helped keep the nerves at bay and get us amped up. We then headed into the hall to warm up. Shazza gave Becca and I some tips on getting used to the roped track, then Taz put us through our warm up.

Then it was game time (ahhh!). We were lined up to play the first two half hour games. First up we were against Lothian Derby Dolls. The first couple of jams passed in a complete blur and I did find myself in the penalty box a few times, I think due to the shock of it being full throttle. It does also give you a little bit of the demon in your head saying you aren't ready for this. The Hawks came out top with a 102 to Lothian's 99. Was so close!

We played Auld Reekie next, didn't feel nervous this time as I was buzzing from how fun the first game was. I personally found this game hard going but still enjoyed every minute of it. Auld Reekie took a win of 179 to our 36.

We then had a break of an hour and a half. Joined my sister and Jenny in the audience to watch the three next games and grab some snacks to get me through the next hour and half of derby. After another dance and wee skate about, we were up against Dundee's Bonnie Colliders. This was another quite hard going game, on one of my occasions as jammer, I did pull off a pretty good star pass with Sam as pivot! We took a loss of 45 to 90 for Dundee.

We were up against Lothian for the 3rd and 4th place. A full hour game was next and we were all pretty spent but pushed on hard. With the time running out on the clock, Janey set us a goal of getting our points to 200. The last few jams were awesome. Becca was our jammer for the last one and she did amazing. We could see her tiring but with the points going up to 200 and over we did our best to keep her going with encouragement from the bench. It was so exciting to watch and I felt so chuffed for her with it being her first game(s) too. Hawks came third overall in the tournament with a score of 213 to 127 to Lothian!

I'd done it! Got through my first bout and had the best time ever. I actually cried a little due to the adrenaline and the fact I got through it! Jenny and my sis came down from the stands to congratulate us and then we made our way to the changing rooms to celebrate with a communal bottle of cherry lambrini. After getting changed I head to the stands to watch the last game and have a celebratory Jack Daniel's and a burrito...all the derby makes you hungry!! Thanks Hawks for such a fun day, all the help and to Taz and Janey for bench and line up, you guys were ace!

- Arabian Frights

Just had my first derby bout and it was amazing. The build up was a mix of nervous and excitement all the way to the 1st game. I took my partner and sons for some moral support which was great. I felt my first game I did ok but I was disappointed with myself at the fouls I got.

The 2nd game was really tough the ARRG girls were amazing players but we gave it our all. The 3rd game is when I started to feel a lot more confident and it was good to get a break after the first 2.

The final hour long game was so much fun. I was quite worried as to how we would do after playing so much already but as much as we were all tired i don't think it showed too much. I personally was really happy with the final game as I got to jam lots which I love.

My team were amazing the blockers were fab and the offence was brilliant. I had a bit of a system when I jammed and I felt it worked really well. I definitely have the bout bug now and will be putting my name down for as much as I can get. Really can't wait for next year to hopefully be in my first home game. Roll on 2017!

- Jamming Dodger

And it appears that Jamming Dodger has really got the bouting bug, as the very next week she was off to take part in a charity bout in Glasgow with Taz, Un-Fairley and Whackery Binx. We all look forward to seeing our newest Fight Hawks in action at home next year!

By granitecityrollerderby, Sep 28 2016 11:01AM

Granite City Roller Derby host their final double header of the year at Aberdeen's Beach Leisure Centre on Saturday 1st October.

Granite's Fight Hawks will be opening the bout, taking to the track against Mean City Roller Derby; and Tier 4 North champions, the Northern Fights, will compete with a mixed Dream Team featuring skaters from across the county. Don't miss it!

Not familiar with the game? There’s a brief explanation of rules, friendly faces, a raffle and plenty of cake!

All proceeds from our cake stall will be going to Aberdeen Cyrenians. As part of their Harvest Appeal we will also be collecting tinned and dried food at this bout - so please bring something along to donate!

Doors open at 12.30pm, first whistle at 1.10pm. Entry is £4 on the door - 12 and unders go free!

Celebrate with GCRD in style at the After Party - 6.00pm at Krakatoa.

See you there!

By granitecityrollerderby, Apr 25 2016 06:47PM

Granite City are hosting our next home game at the Beach Leisure Centre on the 7th May. Doors open 12.30pm, first whistle at 1.10pm.

First up will be "Rising Stars" a mixed game featuring upcoming of skaters from all around Scotland.

Then the track will be turned over to Aberdeen's Fight Hawks vs. Dundee's Bonnie Colliders.

Entry is free, and of course we will have stalls for cake, raffle and merch- so don't miss out!

Check out and join the event on facebook!

By granitecityrollerderby, Apr 7 2016 11:02AM

Our very own Fight Hawk Skeevy Wonder #64 will be playing in Fierce Valler Roller Girl’s rising star game this Saturday! Skeevy will be captaining one of the teams and we wish her all the luck on the day.

If you are free pop along to the Grangemouth sports centre to watch a fun packed day of Roller Derby:

It is a double header with Fierce Valley Roller Girls also playing Zurich City Roller Girls. An event not to be missed!

By granitecityrollerderby, Mar 18 2016 11:53AM

This month we get to introduce you to one of the Northern Fight's latest 2016 Debutants and Fight Hawks skater, Mean MaSheena!

We've been catching up with her;

Any tips for anyone that plays roller derby?

Spend most of any free training time you have really working on the skills you struggle with and talk to fellow skaters that have nailed it. Getting good advice from your team-mates on specific techniques is a brilliant way to break them down and master them – everyone is really good at something and they are usually willing to share advice. Being brave and trying new skills is the best way to be a good all-round skater.

One positive thing roller derby has brought to your life?

I am fitter than I have ever been in my life without it seeming like a chore. I was never into sports or fitness before joining Roller Derby but skating and cross-training for skating is easy because I love it and I always want to be better.

What is your favourite thing about GCRD?

GCRD is a crazy mix of different people who all work really well together. The whole league is dedicated and focussed to make us the best we can be as a group but also as individual members.

What is your party trick?

I stopped doing party tricks after an ill-timed Flaming Sambuca incident.

What is your Netflix binge?

Currently Black Sails, but House is probably my all-time favourite.

What is your dream holiday destination?

A very remote cottage in the mountains with a log fire and a hot tub. It doesn’t really matter where in the world it is as long as it is snowy and secluded.

If you have a bucket list what is your number one thing to do?

Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway from end to end.

What's your favourite drink?

I’m a craft beer girl, so anything with a ton of flavour and brewed with a bit of passion usually goes down well.

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